Activities near Northleigh House

North Devon is known for its coastline so it is not surprising that many of the activities available in the area are water based. Spend an afternoon learning to surf at one of the many North Devon beaches, including Woolacombe or hire a jet ski from Watermouth Cove and visit some of the secluded coves only accessible from the water. Alternatively, walk the South West Coast Path and enjoy some marvelous views across the Atlantic Ocean. Cycling and horse riding can also be enjoyed locally as can many other activities. 

Water Sports

Surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, coasteering and jet skiing - these are just a few of the many water sports available in North Devon. 

Many of North Devon’s best loved beaches such as Woolacombe, Croyde and Westward Ho! offer a variety of water sports to suit all levels of ability, so whether you are an experienced surfer or someone just learning the skill you can find a wave to suit you in North Devon. There are lessons available at many of the beaches and equipment can be hired locally. 


North Devon is blessed to have the Tarka Trail, a largely traffic free, well maintained tarmac pathway that runs along the old railway track, meaning it is mainly level and ideal for those with young children. If not bringing your own bike, there are shops that offer bike hire in both Braunton and Barnstaple, which lie on the route of the Tarka Trail. A favourite part of the trail for many families is the section that goes from Barnstaple to Fremington Quay where there is an excellent cafe serving wonderful food for lunch. 

More experienced cyclists will discover a range of country lanes around North Devon that are more challenging with steep inclines and sharp corners, especially those that go from Goodleigh over to Brayford and up on to Exmoor.


The South West Coast Path is a great way to see the North Devon coastline and is very popular with walkers of all ages and ability. Some of the favourite sections of the pathway are those that go from Woody Bay to Heddon’s Mouth before heading on to Combe Martin, and the ones that lead from Woolacombe to either Mortehoe or Croyde. There are some great places to eat along the way and if you are lucky you may even spot some of the local wildlife. 

Alternative walks are those across Exmoor such as the one that goes alongside the river from Watersmeet to Lynmouth where Exmoor meets the sea. The North Walk in Lynton is also ideal for seeing the sunset as it sets behind the sea. For a leisurely stroll with children or dogs, the local reservoir Wistland Pound is about a 15 minute drive and has a circular route that takes about an hour to walk, it is also popular with cyclists and runners. 

Horse Riding

There are several riding stables in the local area that offer both coast and country treks for riders of all ages and abilities. The stables, including Dean Riding Stables and Outovercott have a range of horses to suit all and can take groups out over Exmoor or along the coastal paths. For beach rides please enquire at Woolacombe or Mullacott Riding Stables. 

Bird Watching

One of the best places to spot the local birds is at Northleigh House itself. The garden is home to a wide variety of birds such as small robins and blue tits, you may also spot buzzards or kestrels flying overhead or resting in the trees. Alternatively, take the MS Oldenburg to Lundy Island where you can look out for the native puffins and other birds that live here.